Pilot Food Stores Hosts V2 Cigs Pilot Sampling Program

Program seeks to educate existing customers. V2 Cigs, an electronic cigarette, has pioneered a multi-channel sampling program that has e-cig companies following suit in the race for highly competitive retail space. Amid the explosive growth of electronic cigarettes, the V2 Cigs model has emerged as the industry standard. On Jan. 12, 2013, V2 Cigs was


LOGIC Names Director of Key Accounts

E-cig category expert Chris Colón to oversee expansion of LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes at U.S. retailers. LOGIC Technology, developers of the premium electronic cigarette, has announced the addition of Chris Colónto its key executive team. In his role as national director of key accounts, Chris will establish and manage new accounts and oversee existing ones with


CDC Releases E-Cig Stats

About one in five U.S. adult cigarette smokers have tried an electronic cigarette. In 2011, about 21% of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes had used electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, up from about 10% in 2010, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall, about 6% of


Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco presents new Red Buck Soft Tipped Cigars.  The cigars measure  8.9millimeter in diameter x 110millimeter in length and 4.5-pounds or more per thousand.  Two flavors are available in seven count packs: Pipe Tobacco Sweet Tip and Wine Pipe Tobacco.  Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry, and Blueberry.


Dutch Masters Introducing Sweet Cigarillos

The iconic Dutch Master’s cigar brand is adding Sweet Cigarillo to its line-up of Natural Leaf wrapped cigarillos. Cigarillo shipments within the Dutch Masters brands are outperforming the industry and the introduction of a Sweet, a top-seller within the category, is drawing a lot of attention to this heritage brand. “The Dutch Masters brand is


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FDA Announces New Director of Center for Tobacco Products

Deyton steps down and Zeller takes the helm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Dr. Lawrence Deyton is stepping down as director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the National Association for Tobacco Outlest (NATO) reported.  Deyton is assuming new duties at the George Washington University School of Medicine and


States Propose Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Changes

Six states look to either increase or decrease taxes on tobacco products. A number of new legislative bills proposed since Feb. 12, 2013 are seeking to alter cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets noted. The following has been proposed: Hawaii:  House Bill No. 657 and Senate Bill No. 492 would


New Fresh Seal Packaging

Camel SNUS will introduce new Fresh Seal packaging on Feb. 25. The Camel SNUS Fresh Seal packaging ensures the freshness and flavor adult tobacco consumers have come to expect from this premium product, without refrigeration. This packaging transformation incorporates a thinner, easier-to-carry tin, and offers new opportunities to broaden awareness and trial among adult tobacco


R.J. Reynolds Debuts New Website

Content to reflect the company’s strategic framework around tobacco harm reduction, commercial integrity and youth tobacco prevention. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s non-corporate Website intended to educate wholesalers and retailers on tobacco tax issues,, has officially been transformed.  The new website will be named In addition to the name change, the structure and content


Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran, Alex Goldman. Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as


Oregon Proposes Prescriptions For Cigarettes

A new bill in the Oregon Legislature would mark nicotine as a controlled substance. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has filed a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would group nicotine in the same category as ketamine, making it illegal to possess the addictive substance without a doctor’s note, Willamete Week (WW) reported. House Bill 2077


Legislative Update on Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), discussed the future of cigarette retailing in convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. While cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for millions in pack and cartons sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains


West Springfield, Mass. Considers E-Cig Ban

Ordinance would ban e-cigs but allow traditional cigarettes. An article in the Springfield Republican has reported that the West Springfield, Mass. Board of Health is considering a regulation that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in the town. However, unlike laws in other cities, which ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, this proposal


White Owl and Game Introduce FoilFresh Gold Cigarillos

Each cigarillo is filled with finely blended tobaccos and covered with slow burning, smooth Gold wrappers.  White Owl and Game by Garcia y Vega have announced the latest innovation in cigarillos, FoilFresh Gold!  Cigarillo lovers will strike gold with this new 24k smoking experience. Small HTL cigarillo is the largest segment in the cigar category


Smoking Cessation Sales Hit $1 Billion

More Americans vow to quit in 2013, reports Mintel. New Years resolutions are sure to include “quit smoking” this year, and there are plenty of smoking cessation products on hand to help Americans quit, and according to a new report from Mintel on smoking cessation aids, people are expected to use them. Sales of smoking


OCSA Applauds Support from Vaughan City Council

“We will continue to work with all municipalities that join the critical fight against contraband tobacco,” says OCSA CEO. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of the Vaughan City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The motion requests that City


Court: Flavor and Promotion Bans To Stay

The plaintiffs argued that the ordinances resulted in an infringement of the First Amendment protection of commercial speech. Several tobacco associations and manufacturers that sought to overturn two Providence, R.I.  ordinances with a lawsuit brought before Federal District Court Judge Mary Lisi, lost their battle this week as the judge ruled in favor of the


FDA’s Request For Graphic Label Rehearing Denied

Now the FDA must decide whether to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to accept the case for a hearing. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s petition that the full panel of District of Columbia Circuit Court


Smokeless Sales are Surging

Innovations and competitive pricing are pushing the popularity of moist smokeless tobacco. By John Lofstock, Editor. With cigarette smokers in flux—some sticking to favorite brands, others trading down or trying e-cigarettes and some transitioning to smokeless products—opportunities for c-stores abound. Industry insiders are looking for increased moist smokeless tobacco (MST) usage and concomitant rise in


Cumberland Farms, NJOY Partner

NJOY products are now available at all Cumberland Farms stores; NJOY Kings available in December 2012. Cumberland Farms, a convenience store chain with locations throughout the Northeast and Florida, and e-cig company NJOY have announced a distribution partnership. The partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, to the nearly 600


Study Examines Ways To Prevent Teen Smoking

Researchers “found no support that banning tobacco ads throughout the store would discourage kids from trying to purchase cigarettes,” according to the study’s author. U.S. teens are much less likely to buy cigarettes if they are hidden from view, new research suggests. The study tracked the purchases of a group of adolescents as they “shopped”


Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, tipped cigars,  cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added Red Buck Soft Tip (ST) Cigars to its product line. Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry and Blueberry. For More Information From Tantus Tobacco


Sheetz Inc. Partners With NJOY

NJOY Kings to be available at all Sheetz stores November 2012. Sheetz Inc. has entered into a distribution partnership with e-cigarette company NJOY. Beginning mid-November 2012, the partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, throughout the more than 430 Sheetz retail locations. “At Sheetz, there is a clear focus on


Recycling Program For Cigarette Waste Launches

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco And TerraCycle team to help the environment. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. has teamed up with TerraCycle, a world leader in developing solutions for hard-to-recycle materials, to do something about cigarette butt litter. According to Keep America Beautiful (KAB), 65% of all cigarette butts are disposed of improperly. But thanks to